Category: 2018: Cologne, Paris, London, NYC

My first solo trip to Europe.

Day 13: The Way Home; Final Thoughts


It’s Saturday, September 1, 2018, as I type 7:53am Eastern Time. I’ve been on the road really since Thursday, August 16, when I left Sacramento for the Bay Area. I am beyond ready to be home. I woke up around 3:30am. It was at least the 2nd time I’d woke after getting to sleep around […]

Day 12: Seeing Friends in NYC


I got about 5 hours sleep on Thursday night, waking up Friday before 5am. I started working on the blog in my room and went down for coffee when the restaurant opened at 7am. I just had on cup and a croissant; I was only staying about 30 minutes and hoping to get the blog […]

Day 11: NYC – Downton Abbey Exhibition, Empire State Building


I managed to sleep until 6am, so like 6.5 hours I guess, but it wasn’t a fit sleep. I was planning on just having breakfast in the hotel restaurant but it didn’t open until 7am, and this was not a good hanging out room so I went for a walk. The hotel is on the […]

Day 10: London to New York City


This will be the easiest blog entry ever. It was pretty much just a travel day so not much to report on. I don’t remember what time I woke up but seem to recall it was reasonably late, for me anyway, like 6am. I responded to emails, etc, packed and left probably around 7:30. It […]

Day 9: Buckingham Palace, and a Tour for Muggles


It’s Tuesday, this is my last day in London. Did it on foot for the most part and it was my 2nd highest walking of the day at 12.1 miles. (“Roaming” in Paris was 14.6). And boy are my feet feeling it, with a blister to prove it 🙁 But it was great fun. On […]

Day 8: St. Paul’s Cathedral and Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios


I started Monday with a good 7 hours of sleep, waking around 5am. I finished the blog and went in search of breakfast. This is the first time I’ve stayed in a place where I have to find breakfast outside. It had always either been included, or there was enough of a kitchen available where […]

Day 7: York


I no longer remember where the idea of doing a day trip to York came from. Maybe it was because my friend, Art, who you’ll meet later this week, went there last year when he did a week in England by himself. Maybe it’s the many times it’s referenced in Downton Abbey, or some combination […]

Day 6: Paris to London


This was one of those days when it wasn’t always fun to travel, but it turned out great in the end, which makes me appreciate it that much more. As someone said to me earlier today: no rain, no rainbows 🙂 I got up about 6:20, so roughly 6.5 hours sleep, not too bad. Started […]

Day 5: Paris, Part 4 – Meandering in Montmartre


For a day I left unplanned intentionally and didn’t do much by design, somehow I still have over 60 photos and walked 8.6 miles. I don’t understand how that happens! To close a loop on something from earlier, a savvy reader pointed out that, while at the Montmartre museum the other day, I’d taken a […]

Day 4: Paris, Part 3 – It’s an Impressionist kinda day


Impressionism is my favorite period of art, and Claude Monet my favorite artist of that period. (Cliche, I know, but oh well.) I planned this day to celebrate that, with a visit to Monet’s gardens during the day and the d’Orsay later since it has evening hours on Thursdays. The d’Orsay has one of the […]